India

Arvind Kejriwal invites all of Delhi to swearing-in

Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) chief and its chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal (C) addresses his supporters in New Delhi February 10, 2015. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Arvind Kejriwal's party won almost every seat in Delhi

Indian anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal, who won a landslide victory in the Delhi state elections, has invited all of Delhi to his swearing in ceremony on Saturday.

The leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will be sworn in as the chief minister at the sprawling Ramlila grounds, and not in the assembly as is tradition.

The AAP won 67 of 70 assembly seats.

The results came as a huge setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose BJP won the other three seats.

Mr Modi led the BJP to victory in last May's general election.

He has enjoyed huge popularity since taking office, winning a string of local elections and wooing international investors and world leaders.

In a message broadcast on FM radio channels, Mr Kejriwal invited everyone to come to Saturday's ceremony at Ramlila Maidan - a huge ground in Delhi often used for political rallies and religious congregations.

"I'm not the chief minister, you are all Delhi's chief minister," he said.

He was sworn in at the same place when AAP made a spectacular debut in the 2013 elections, although he resigned as chief minister after 49 days in office over an ant-corruption bill.

The AAP has invited the prime minister, federal ministers and all MPs from Delhi to the swearing-in.


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Mr Kejriwal's party colleagues say the AAP leader is due to meet Mr Modi on Thursday where he is expected to formally invite the prime minister to his swearing in ceremony.

Mr Modi has congratulated Mr Kejriwal and assured him of his government's "complete support in the development of Delhi".

It is not clear whether any ministers belonging to the AAP will be also sworn in on Saturday.

The AAP was born out of a strong anti-corruption movement that swept India three years ago.

The party was routed by the BJP in last May's general elections, months after its spectacular debut in the 2013 Delhi elections.

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